Given how many people go to the Festival for the Eno each year now – it gets into the tens of thousands – it would be easy to presume there are few people who do not know about this weekend-long celebration of, and for, the Eno River.
This is one of the family-friendliest events all year in the Triangle, and the fun begins Saturday and continues through Monday.
The festival is known for its musical acts, spoken word performances and endless booths, featuring the works of local crafters and artists.
Some of the best attractions involve animals: the Backyard Chickens display and Eyes Ears Nose and Paws, which will feature assistance dogs and their partners.
There is also a Country Workshops School where traditional Carolina woodworking will be demonstrated. The Dogwood Alliance will put on a puppet show to encourage forest preservation, and Hands-On-Clay will teach the art of throwing pottery.
The main glory is the river itself – always available for wading and splashing – and there are numerous hiking trails throughout the park.
For mapping purposes, the address of the festival is 5101 N. Roxboro Road in Durham, at the West Point on the Eno City Park. Tickets purchased by the end of today are $13 for a single day, $30 for a three-day pass. It goes up to $15 and $35 on Saturday.
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There is some parking on site, but there are also shuttles that take you to and from the festival gates regularly, back to a number of off-site lots.
Strollers are not an issue, but dogs are not allowed on the shuttles. Pups are allowed, but not encouraged, given the crowds.
It is almost always scorching hot, so take coolers packed with water, a picnic, whatever your family needs. They will be checked for alcohol, which is off-limits.
Activities run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. all three days, unless otherwise noted.
There will be plenty of restrooms available, and many are handicap accessible.